UEFA has launched an investigation into Turkey’s Merih Demiral for allegedly making a political gesture as he celebrated his nation’s Euro 2024 victory over Austria.

The 26-year-old defender was the match-winner as he scored each of his facet’s objectives in a 2-1 win to safe his nation a spot within the quarter-finals of the tournament in Germany.

But officers at European soccer’s governing physique are understood to be investigating whether or not Demiral gave a so-called ‘wolf’s salute’ with every hand in a gesture linked to the Turkish nationalist motion.

After scoring the second objective, he appeared to make an indication related to the organisation Ulku Ocaklari, which is extra broadly generally known as the Grey Wolves.

UEFA issued a press release on Wednesday confirming an ethics and disciplinary investigator had been appointed in accordance with Article 31 (4) of its disciplinary rules to look into “alleged inappropriate behaviour”.


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Turkey’s victory means they are going to face the Netherlands within the final eight in Berlin on Saturday – however the UEFA probe means Demiral might face a ban.

He opened the scoring in final evening’s match in Leipzig after simply 57 seconds, making it the second-fastest objective within the historical past of the championships.

Demiral then added a second simply earlier than the hour mark with each of his efforts following corners from teenage star Arda Guler.

Michael Gregoritsch pulled one again for Austria and so they nearly compelled additional time however for an exquisite save from Turkey goalkeeper Mert Gunok.

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Demiral scores his second objective in Leipzig. Pic: Reuters

There was some controversy through the match when a bathe of plastic beer cups rained down on Guler as he ready to take the nook which led to Demiral’s second objective within the 59th minute.

Austria’s Marcel Sabitzer was additionally pelted with cups on the different finish and at one level went down on the bottom clutching his head to point he had been hit by an object.

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